The Burke County labor force totals nearly 40,000 people. Approximately 27% of workers are employed in the manufacturing sector and the average weekly manufacturing wage in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $868.
|There are over 33,000 available workers within a 10-mile radius of Morganton, the county seat.
There are nearly 214,000 available workers within a 30-mile radius.
|According to commuting patterns the total Burke County labor shed is nearly 254,000 people.
Many of the nearly 10,000 workers who leave Burke County each day would also be available to new and existing companies.